Diving Straight In

Have UEFA opened up a diving can of worms?

The governing body’s U-turn could encourage more simulation¬†

Eduardo NOT doing a naughty dive

Following an appeal by Arsenal, UEFA have back-tracked on their controversial Eduardo ruling, deciding there was not enough evidence to prove simulation. The Arsenal forward – who has insisted he felt contact from extraordinarily aggressive Celtic keeper Artur Boruc on his left foot and “lost balance” – is now free to face Standard Liege in the Champions league tomorrow night.

Some have argued that UEFA caved in because of the far-reaching implications of the ban: Professor Wenger would have lovingly compiled evidence of every single other perceived dive in European competitions, and would have called for similar bans for the rest of eternity. A dangerous precedent for a crime that isn’t always clear cut.

UEFA’s attempt to contain the situation, however, may actually have had the opposite effect. Not only have they undermined their own authority by favouring Arsenal’s appeal, but they have effectively given professional players carte blanche to throw themselves around without concern for punishment. The Telegraph’s Henry Winter makes a point to this effect on Twitter:

Starting tonight, players know they can dive because refs will be too scared to punish them following UEFA’s crazy U-turn on Eduardo.

Where UEFA right to turn over the ban, or have they, as we suspect, opened a big ol’ can of worms. Let us know your thoughts below…



6 responses so far
  • Delboy Dublin // September 15, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Once again, UEFA show themselves weaker than a French soldier’s discipline. Another pathetic capitulation, although why anyone is surprised by this is anyone’s guess…

  • Hans // September 15, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Oh, come on. This focus on supposed diving is taking on ridiculous proportions. The man had a horrific injury last season and got the nation’s sympathy. He has never been suspected of diving earlier and it is fully understandable that, under the circumstances, he’s a bit cautious when the Boruc rushed out to stop him. And why is it that the evident diving of English icons Gerrard and Rooney, having made a habit of throwing themselves into the hands of the keeper, barely get any mention?

  • Scott // September 15, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Football has now been inflicted a terrible blow. Cheating is a disease that will now spread with nothing to stop it. Sad, sad day…

    Arsenal fans are very short-sighted if they think they have won. The only person to have won out of this fiasco is Wenger. Short lived of course, but if he is short-sighted enough to fight this in the first place, then he has no chance of seeing the bigger picture.

  • Bokolis // September 15, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    The only way to stop it is to institute hockey-style penalties…guy dives, no need for cards; send him off the pitch for 10 – 15 minutes. The burocrats way overturn bans and such, but he’ll never get that time back.

    It’s either that or put more officials on the pitch. You have to ask yourself why there are only three people policing 22.

  • David // September 15, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    10/1 Chelsea’s transfer ban is overturned and their getting the likes of Pato this January before you know it?

  • DR // September 16, 2009 at 9:49 am

    I’m I wrong, but on field refs can call a dive, the real issues is back office officials who make decisions after games no?

    It will never happen, I don’t even know why I’m typing it but if by some grace of god the video replay made it into the game and teams were offered challenges (like in Tennis, American Football ) and the penalty was truly severe – like 3 game match bans, then maybe this stupidity would come to an end…

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